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Prudent Stewards: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.20.13 |

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Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

The steward in today’s Gospel confronts the reality that he can’t go on living the way he has been. He is under judgment, must give account for what he has done.

The exploiters of the poor in today’s First Reading are also about to be pulled down, thrust from their stations (see Isaiah 22:19). Servants of mammon or money, they’re so in…  [Continue Reading]

Seeking the Lost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.13.13 |

Lost Sheep

Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10

The episode in today’s First Reading has been called “Israel’s original sin.” Freed from bondage, born as a people of God in the covenant at Sinai, Israel turned aside from His ways, fell to worshipping a golden calf.

Moses implores God’s mercy, as Jesus will later intercede for the whole human race, as He still pleads…  [Continue Reading]

Counting the Cost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.06.13 |

Suffering Servant

Wisdom 9:13-18
Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17
Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33

Like a king making ready for battle or a contractor about to build a tower, we have to count the cost as we set out to follow Jesus.

Our Lord today is telling us upfront the sacrifice it will take. His words aren’t addressed to His chosen few, the Twelve, but rather to the “great crowds” - to “anyone,” to “whoever” wishes to be…  [Continue Reading]

To Go Up Higher: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.30.13 |

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Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-7,10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14

We come to the wedding banquet of heaven by way of humility and charity. This is the fatherly instruction we hear in today’s First Reading, and the message of today’s Gospel.

Jesus is not talking simply about good table manners. He is revealing the way of the kingdom, in which the one who would be greatest would be…  [Continue Reading]

Gateway to Life: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.23.13 |

Jesus on the Cross

Isaiah 66:18-21
Psalm 117:1, 2
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Luke 13:22-30

Jesus doesn’t answer the question put to Him in this Sunday’s Gospel. It profits us nothing to speculate on how many will be saved. What we need to know is what He tells us today - how to enter into salvation and how urgent it is to strive now, before the Master closes the door.

Jesus is “the narrow gate,” the only way of salvation,…  [Continue Reading]

Faith of Our Fathers: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.09.13 |

All Saints

Wisdom 18:6-9
Psalm 33:1,12,18-22
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Luke 12:35-40

We are born of the faith of our fathers, descending from a great cloud of witnesses whose faith is attested to on every page of Scripture (see Hebrews 12:1). We have been made His people, chosen for His own inheritance, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm.

The Liturgy this week sings the praises of our fathers, recalling the defining…  [Continue Reading]

My Summer Vocation

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.08.13 |

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God made me for this purpose.

That same thought occurs to me every year after the St. Paul Center’s exhausting, exhilarating Letter & Spirit Summer Institute. We just wrapped up our sixth annual gathering of doctoral candidates. It’s five intense days of fellowship, study, prayer, and discussion. But it’s become so much more than that. It’s become a community. What started as an Institute is becoming…  [Continue Reading]

The Fool’s Vanity: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.01.13 |

Rich Fool

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11
Luke 12:13-21

Trust in God - as the Rock of our salvation, as the Lord who made us His chosen people, as our shepherd and guide. This should be the mark of our following of Jesus.

Like the Israelites we recall in this week’s Psalm, we have made an exodus, passing through the waters of Baptism, freeing us from our bondage to…  [Continue Reading]


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